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May 07, 2015

North Philly's Morris twins plead not guilty in beating case

PHOENIX — Phoenix Suns players Marcus and Markieff Morris have pleaded not guilty to two counts of felony aggravated assault.

The North Philly products are accused of helping three others beat a man outside a Phoenix recreation center on Jan. 24. The brothers entered their pleas Thursday morning in Maricopa County Superior Court.

According to a Phoenix police report, 36-year-old Erik Hood says five people, including the Morris brothers, repeatedly punched and kicked him. Hood says he suffered a fractured nose, abrasions and a large bump on his head.

A call to the Suns for comment on the case was not immediately returned.

The 6-foot-9 Prep Charter grads became teammates in 2013 when Marcus was traded to the Suns.

Their next court appearance is an initial pretrial conference set for June 30.

NOTE: An earlier version of this story stated incorrectly that the Morris twins attended Penn Charter. We regret the error.